THE IMPERIAL CAPITAL OF JAPAN FOR 1,200 YEARS, KYOTO IS JAPAN’S CULTURAL KEEPER FROM KIMONO-CLAD MAIKO TO TEMPLE FESTIVALS.

Over one thousand temples and shrines reside in the magical city of Kyoto on the island of Honshu. In this capital city of the Kyoto Prefecture, respect for tradition is evident in daily life. Refined Kaiseki restaurants, picturesque tea houses, and ancient art forms are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.

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Kansai International Airpot (KIX), Osaka International Airport (ITM)

Global Explorer: Zhou Dongyu

As an ambassador for The Luxury Collection, Zhou traveled to Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto to shoot a short film for the brand, sharing her thoughts on travel and how exploring different cultures impacts her personal life as an actress. Through her role as a Global Explorer, Zhou brings a fresh and unique perspective on The Luxury Collection’s captivating destinations including personal insights and travel tips curated for the luxury Chinese traveler.

DISCOVERIES

IPPODO TEA COMPANY
TERAMACHI STREET
Ippodo Tea Company

Ippodo offers an intimate encounter with the finest teas in Kyoto. An impressive selection of Japanese blends such as Gyokuro, Sencha, and Bancha are arranged in the store’s refined displays. Settle in at the counter of the Kaboku Tearoom for a guided lesson in the leisurely process of making tea using a traditional kyusu teapot.

KAMEYAMA KOEN PARK
SAGAOGURAYAMA, UKYo-KU
Kameyama Koen Park

Leave the city crowds behind and escape to Kameyama Koen Park, a leafy hilltop oasis on the outskirts of Arashiyama. Scenic in every season—with fiery fall colors and feathery cherry blossoms in full bloom in spring—the local monkeys, when they make an appearance, are the most thrilling sighting of all.

KYOTO DESIGN HOUSE
105 FUKUNAGA-CHO, TOMINOKOJI-SANJO AGARU, NIWAKA BUILDING
Kyoto Design House

Opened in 2005, this refined boutique showcases local, contemporary designers who are inspired by traditional elements. The bold ceramics, delicate sake sets and elegant furoshiki wrapping cloths displayed with gallery-like cremenony are very much at home in the impressive Tadao Ando-designed building.

NISHIKI MARKET
1 BLOCK NORTH OF SHIJO AVENUE BETWEEN TERAMACHI STREET AND TAKAKURA STREET
Nishiki Market

Carefully arranged cabbages and radishes fill wooden barrels, and the aroma of roasted chestnuts drifts through the air. Kyoto’s four-hundred-year-old covered marketplace is a feast for the senses. Hundreds of shops and tiny stalls line the long row that stretches for five blocks through the center of the city. In this lively atmosphere, dainty Japanese confections shaped like flowers sit side-by-side with tantalizing bites of sushi and a range of artful kitchenware.

SUNTORY DISTILLERY
618-0001 OSAKA PREFECTURE, MISHIMA DISTRICT, YAMAZAKI
Suntory Distillery

Board a quick train ride beyond Kyoto to the Yamazaki Distillery, Japan’s first single malt whisky distillery opened by Suntory in 1923. Embark on a guided tour to learn about the process of how some of the world’s most distinctive whiskies are made. After time spent admiring the barrel, say kanpai to an exclusive tasting of unblended whiskeys not available outside the distillery.

YASAKA SHRINE
625 GION-MACHI KITAGAWA, HIGASHIYAMA-KU
Yasaka Shrine

Pass beneath a massive granite torii, shrine gate, follow cobbled paths lined with diminutive grottos and pavilions to the stately red lacquer Shinto shrine hung with delicate paper lanterns. The guardian shrine of the ancient Gion district, is a popular spot for traditional Shinto weddings, baby blessings and festivals. Wander through after dark when this sacred shrine takes on a fairytale glow when all the lanterns are lit.

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GOLDEN PAVILION

The gold-clad 14th century Kinkaku-ji, or Golden Pavilion, was once the home of an infamous shogun and was later converted into a Zen temple that continues to entice visitors today.

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